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Diabetes Symptoms You Can’t Afford To Ignore & What You Can Do About Them

Diabetes Symptoms You Can’t Afford To Ignore & What You Can Do About Them

In the U.S., diabetes — or diabetes mellitus (DM) — is full-blown epidemic, and that’s not hyperbole. An estimated 29 million Americans have some form of diabetes, nearly 10 percent of the population, and even more alarming, the average American has a one in three chance of developing diabetes symptoms at some point in his or her lifetime. (1) The statistics are alarming, and they get even worse. Another 86 million people have prediabetes, with up to 30 percent of them developing type 2 diabetes within five years. And perhaps the most concerning, about a third of people who have diabetes — approximately 8 million adults — are believed to be undiagnosed and unaware. That’s why it’s so vital to understand and recognize diabetes symptoms. And there’s actually good news. While there’s technically no known “cure” for diabetes — whether it’s type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes — there’s plenty that can be done to help reverse diabetes naturally, control diabetes symptoms and prevent diabetes complications. The Most Common Diabetes Symptoms Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that results from problems controlling the hormone insulin. Diabetes symptoms are a result of higher-than-normal levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood. With type 1 diabetes, symptoms usually develop sooner and at a younger age than with type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes also normally causes more severe symptoms. In fact, because type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms can be minimal in some cases, it sometimes can go diagnosed for a long period of time, causing the problem to worsen and long-term damage to develop. While it’s still not entirely known how this happens, prolonged exposure to high blood sugar can damage nerve fibers that affect the blood vessels, heart, e Continue reading >>

Top Diabetes Skin Conditions And How To Spot Them

Top Diabetes Skin Conditions And How To Spot Them

Top Diabetes Skin Conditions and How to Spot Them Got an itchy rash or bumps that wont go away? It could be a result of diabetes, a chronic metabolic disorder that affects major organs. See which diabetes skin treatments will work for you... Diabetes elevates blood sugar levels, leading to high blood pressure, glaucoma and even serious problems in your heart. The chronic metabolic disorder can also leave its mark on your largest organ: your skin. About 33% of people with diabetes develop a related skin condition, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In fact, a chronic rash, fungal infection or blister is often the first clue to the disease. Most skin conditions are due to immune-system deficiencies caused by high blood sugar, says Betul Hatipoglu, MD, an endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic. These outbreaks can be as benign as dry skin or small yellow rashes (resulting from high cholesterol) to brown spots (signaling insulin resistance), boils and serious infections that could land you in a hospital. The key is to get treatment early before they turn into a major problem, advises Debra Jaliman, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Read on to identify the most common diabetes skin conditions and how to treat them. When blood glucose levels run high, cells lose fluid and skin becomes dry, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School. Diabetics also urinate a lot [because of] high blood sugar, causing dehydration, explains Dr. Hatipoglu. To hydrate adequately, drink plenty of fluids, like water and caffeine-free, sugar-free drinks. Avoid hot baths and showers, which dry up skin. Use an extremely mild, emollient soap with no fragrance, Dr. Jaliman says. Choose mild prod Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Your Skin

Diabetes And Your Skin

Want another reason to get your blood sugar levels under control and keep them that way? Doing so can help you avoid many diabetes skin problems. Still, skin conditions related to this disease are common. As many as 1 out of 3 people with diabetes will have one. Fortunately, most can be or successfully treated before they turn into a serious problem. The key is to catch them early. Common Skin Conditions Linked to Diabetes Itching skin, also called pruritus, can have many causes, such as dry skin, poor blood flow, or a yeast infection. When itching is caused by poor blood flow, you’ll likely feel it in your lower legs and feet. Lotion can help to keep your skin soft and moist, and prevent itching due to dry skin. Bacterial infections: Staphylococcus skin infections are more common and more serious in people with poorly controlled diabetes. When hair follicles are irritated, these bacteria can cause boils or an inflamed bump. Other infections include: Styes, which are infections of the eyelid glands Nail infections Most bacterial infections need to be treated with antibiotic pills. Talk with your doctor. Fungal infections: Warm, moist folds of the skin are the perfect breeding ground for these infections. Three common fungal infections are: Jock itch (red, itchy area on the genitals and the inside of the thighs) Athlete's foot (affects the skin between the toes) Ringworm (ring-shaped, scaly patches that can itch or blister and appear on the feet, groin, chest, stomach, scalp, or nails). A yeast-like fungus called "Candida albicans" causes many of the fungal infections that happen to people with diabetes. Women are likely to get this in their vaginas. People also tend to get this infection on the corners of their mouth. It feels like small cuts and is called "angular ch Continue reading >>

Itchy Skin May Be A Warning Sign Of Type 2 Diabetes

Itchy Skin May Be A Warning Sign Of Type 2 Diabetes

It’s winter, and one of the tell-tale signs of the season often emerges as dry and itchy skin. However, did you know that these symptoms can also be warning signs of Type 2 diabetes? It’s true. Pruritus, which simply means “itching,” is a common symptom of diabetes. While it’s always a good idea to keep your skin moisturized, there are common conditions associated with diabetes that may cause your skin to itch, crack, and peel. There are various underlying causes that can lead to diabetic pruritus. Here are three of the most common chronic conditions. Poor circulation. Individuals who experience itching in the feet and lower legs may be experiencing the result of poor circulation. Poor circulation causes narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels, which, in turn, causes noticeable itching on the surface of the skin. To lessen the severity of the itching, consider taking the following action steps: • Eliminate the use of tobacco • Adopt a regular exercise routine • Keep blood glucose levels in check Fungal infections. Fungal infections are common in individuals with diabetes and are treated with medication. Because different fungi respond to different medications, it’s best to discuss the best course of action to take with your medical care provider. Common symptoms of fungal infections include dry, red, and cracking skin, blisters or breaking down of the skin, and itching. Because high glucose levels in the body enhance the growth of these infections, you’ll want to be diligent about keeping your glucose under control to prevent fungal growth on the skin. Also, keeping your skin clean and dry will go a long way in warding off fungal infections. Fungal infections commonly thrive in these areas on the body: • Armpits • Groin area • Between fing Continue reading >>

Vaginal Itching & Diabetes: The Causes Behind Vaginal Itching

Vaginal Itching & Diabetes: The Causes Behind Vaginal Itching

By Elisabeth Almekinder RN, BA, CDE 1 Comment Whats worse for a woman than a constant burning vaginal itching? For me, not much. It can cause severe discomfort for weeks, especially if its out of control. Sometimes, they even come with red bumps and inflamed skin on the inside of the thighs. With a severe case, you are unable to urinate without burning, frequency and urgency. Its those times that you will find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and feeling the urgent need to urinate right away. You run for the bathroom, but only a few drops come out. It burns. Not to mention the discharge and odor. All of this is not so pleasant. What are the causes, symptoms and treatments of vaginal itching? After reading this article, you should be able to track down the causes, symptoms and treatments for the times when youve been hit with the nagging itch that just wont go away. Before we continue with this article, I wanted to let you know we have researched and compiled science-backed ways to stick to your diet and reverse your diabetes. Want to check out our insights? Download our free PDF Guide Power Foods to Eat here. Even as much of a nuisance as vaginal itching is, its not always due to a condition that cant be cured with some medication or changes in hygiene practices. Sometimes, its a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis that can be cured easily in most cases. Other times, itching in the vaginal area and wall, as well as the skin around it, can be from a more serious cause such as an STD (Sexually Transmitted Infection) or diabetes. Though these can be treated, if left untreated, they can cause serious problems, such as arthritis or PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) with prolonged chlamydia infection. For more reading related to vaginal itching, refer to our Continue reading >>

Itchy Groin - Introductions And Announcements - Diabetes Forums

Itchy Groin - Introductions And Announcements - Diabetes Forums

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Does anyone else suffer from itchy groin and itchy arm pit. I cant get rid of it. I use a steroid cream to keep it under control. Im diabetic 2, take no meds, bs is 90-120, use diet control. Will I always have this itch problem? Its been going on about 1-2 years, Ive been diabetic for 4 years. Someone suggested eating some form of silver but Im not to keen on that idea. Someone else suggested that groin itch is PART of diabetes 2. Once again Im very careful what I eat,low carb,veggies, almost no sugars-(theres sugar in almost everything). Thanks for any help, you can call me Paul.. I don't think your problem is related to Diabetes. Particularly if you are in control of your BG. (Uncontrolled diabetes may manifest with infections that A: won't go away and B: may be itchy depending on the location ) I suggest you see your doctor / dermatologist for a real diagnosis. Sounds like a simple bacteria growth from your sweat. Something in your diet that the bacteria love. Try this. Buy a couple bottles of 91% alcohol and a 4 oz. container of Gold Bond Body Powder. Comes in a yellow container. Take a washcloth (use only this particular washcloth from now on) and soak it with water...then wring it dry. Pour about an ounce of alcohol on the washcloth and then wring that out. Now wipe under your pits and groin with a little vigor. Apply the Gold Bond powder. The powder has it's own unique smell...you'll have to tolerate that for now. To start...do this twice a day. The itch should stop within that day. If it doesn't...send me what's left over...I get an itch now and then myself. Months ago I had a raging Continue reading >>

What Causes Genital Itching And How To Treat It Naturally

What Causes Genital Itching And How To Treat It Naturally

Genital itching can occur in both genders and may be a symptom of many issues, one of which can be diabetes. But let us not get ahead of ourselves. It doesnt strictly have to be an indicator of this disease. It can be caused by many different factors. Here is a list of possible reasons why your nether regions may be causing you trouble. Chemical irritants (such as soaps, fabric softeners, creams, detergents, lubricants, and ointments) Pubic lice, which also go by the name of crabs, and can reside in ones pubic hair STDs such as trichomoniasis and genital herpes Bacterial vaginosis, a disease in your genital regions caused by bacteria Tinea cruris, also called ringworm of the groin, is a skin infection of the fungal variety Scabies an extremely itchy, contagious skin disease due to tiny mites Vaginal dryness caused by menopause which leads to a drop in ones estrogen levels Cancer (whether vulval or penile). Its a rare type of cancer which occurs in the skin or tissues in the genital area of both genders Vaginitis, which represents an inflammation of ones vaginal tissues Certain skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis In case you havent been informed, you should know that yeast infections, as well as STDs, are contagious. In case your genital itching comes from any allergies or irritations, then getting rid of the allergen or irritant is enough for the itching to subside. But not every cause of genital itching is so easy to treat. Some require much more time and effort, and should never be left untreated as this can only lead to further complications, such as a secondary infection. Like we stated prior, a genital yeast infection can occur in both men and women. However, recurring yeast infections on a regular basis could be an indicator of type 2 diabetes. The reason Continue reading >>

7 Reasons Your Crotch Is So Damn Itchy

7 Reasons Your Crotch Is So Damn Itchy

Itchy balls can be a bummer. But scratching only makes the situation worse. In order to soothe that sensitive skin, you need to figure out whats behind the itching in the first place. There are a number of causes, says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital. Some of these can be innocentsay, a new laundry detergentbut others, like infections, can be more serious. Here, your cheat sheet on 7 conditions that could be behind your itchy undercarriageand what you can do to stop the scratching, stat. How you know you have it: Youll likely develop a rash along with the itching, though its appearance varies depending on the type of fungus causing it. For instance, if a yeast infection is responsible, you may notice moist, shiny areas of skin on your penis, and possibly some white stuff in the skin folds, along with the red, itchy rash, according to the Mayo Clinic . Yeast is normally present in small amounts on your skin, but an overgrowth of it can cause an infection. This tends to occur in moist places that dont get much light, says Jason Reichenberg, M.D., director of dermatology at the University of Texas Austin. So it usually shows up on the sides of your groin, between your genitals and thighs. Other fungal infections look a little different: They appear dry and flaky, and usually crop up on your thighs, Dr. Reichenberg says. How to treat it: Whatever the type of fungus responsible for your itching, an antifungal cream like Lotrimin AF should do the trick. The cream attacks the fungal cells that cause the infection, while leaving your healthy skin cells unscathed. Pat the region dry before rubbing on the cream. That will help get rid moisture, keeping the fungus from growing and allowing the cream to work b Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Your Skin

Diabetes And Your Skin

Protecting Your Outermost Layer The phrase “feeling comfortable in your own skin” is usually used figuratively to describe a level of self-confidence or self-acceptance. But when your skin itches, hurts, flakes, breaks out, changes color, or just doesn’t look or feel the way you’d like it to, the phrase can take on a new, very literal meaning. Diabetes can affect the skin in a number of ways that can make a person feel less than comfortable. In fact, as many as a third of people with diabetes will have a skin condition at some point in their lifetime. While some conditions may appear uniquely in people with diabetes, others are simply more common in people with diabetes. The good news is that a fair number of these conditions are treatable or can be prevented by maintaining blood glucose control and taking good daily care of your skin. Dry, itchy skin Dry skin can occur as a result of high blood glucose. When the blood glucose level is high, the body attempts to remove excess glucose from the blood by increasing urination. This loss of fluid from the body causes the skin to become dry. Dry skin can also be caused by neuropathy (damage to the nerves) by affecting the nerves that control the sweat glands. In these cases, neuropathy causes a decrease or absence of sweating that may lead to dry, cracked skin. Cold, dry air and bathing in hot water can aggravate dry skin. Dryness commonly leads to other skin problems such as itching (and often scratching), cracking, and peeling. Any small breaks in the skin leave it more exposed to injury and infection. It is therefore important to keep skin well moisturized. The best way to moisturize is to apply lotion or cream right after showering and patting the skin dry. This will seal in droplets of water that are present on t Continue reading >>

Genital Itchiness

Genital Itchiness

Tweet Genital itching in either sex is an irritating problem that can simply be caused by allergies and skin irritations, or by more serious disorders and diseases such as diabetes. In cases where genital itching is caused by irritation or allergy, avoiding exposure to the irritant or allergen may be all that is needed for the itching to resolve. However, other causes of the condition may be more difficult to treat or may require more intensive treatment and could ultimately lead to serious complications. What are the causes of genital itchiness? Itching in the genital region can result from a wide range of things, including: Allergic reactions Bacterial vaginosis - a disease of the vagina caused by bacteria Cancer (penile and vulval cancers) - rare types of cancer that occur in the skin or tissues of the penis and a woman's external genitals (vulva), respectively Diabetes mellitus Chemical irritants such as detergents, fabric softeners, soaps, creams, ointments and sexual lubricants Menopause - a drop in the hormone estrogen causes vaginal dryness Pubic lice - parasitic insects, also known as crabs, that typically live in pubic hair Scabies - a contagious, extremely itchy skin disease caused by tiny mites Sexually transmitted diseases, such as genital herpes and trichomoniasis Skin conditions - such as psoriasis and eczema Tinea cruris - a fungal skin infection also known as ringworm of the groin Vaginal yeast infection Vaginitis - inflammation of the vaginal tissues Note that many of the infectious causes of genital itching, such as STDs and yeast infection, are contagious. Diabetes and genital itching Genital itching and burning can indicate a female or male yeast infection. Regular yeast infections are a sign of type 2 diabetes. In diabetes, blood glucose levels can Continue reading >>

Diabetes: Skin Conditions

Diabetes: Skin Conditions

Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. Many people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In some cases, skin problems can be the first sign that a person has diabetes. In some cases, people with diabetes develop skin conditions that can affect anyone. Examples of these conditions include bacterial infections, fungal infections, and itching. However, people with diabetes also are more prone to getting certain conditions. These include diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, and eruptive xanthomatosis. Some common skin conditions in people with diabetes: Acanthosis nigricans This is a condition that results in the darkening and thickening of the skin. Often, areas of tan or brown skin, sometimes slightly raised, appear on the sides of the neck, the armpits, and groin. Occasionally, these darkened areas might appear on the hands, elbows, and knees. Acanthosis nigricans can affect otherwise healthy people, or it can be associated with certain medical conditions. It is frequently found in people with diabetes. Allergic reactions Allergic reactions to foods, bug bites, and medicines can cause rashes, depressions or bumps on the skin. If you think you might be having an allergic reaction to a medicine, contact your health care provider. Severe allergic reactions might require emergency treatment. It is especially important for people with diabetes to check for rashes or bumps in the areas where they inject their insulin. Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of blood vessels thickening of the vessel walls. While atherosclerosis most often is associated with blood vessels in or near the heart, it can affect blood vessels throughout the body, including those that su Continue reading >>

Why Does The Groin Itch Because Of Diabetes?

Why Does The Groin Itch Because Of Diabetes?

Groin or Genital itching and burning can indicate a yeast infection in both males and females. Regular yeast infections are signs of type 2 diabetes. In diabetes, blood glucose levels can go abnormally high, which can therefore provide ideal conditions for naturally present yeast to grow and also diminishes the body’s ability to fight infection. Diabetes can also cause a higher glucose content in the urine – another extremely suitable place for yeast to thrive. Recognizing genital itching Genital itching is the term used to describe itching, burning or redness/soreness in and around the vagina or penis. When to see your doctor If you have genital itching that does not disappear after a couple days or more, or causes you concern, talk to your doctor or another healthcare professional. Failure to seek professional medical advice could lead to further problems, such as spread of infectious disease through close body contact (usually sexual contact) or a secondary skin infection. Download the Beat Diabetes app to learn over 70+ tips to control Diabetes through food and diet. Continue reading >>

Jock Itch

Jock Itch

Jock itch (tinea cruris) facts Jock itch is a term for any rash that occurs in the male groin. Jock itch is almost exclusively confined to males, although it may also be seen in females. Jock itch can be a result of local fungus infection (dermatophytes). It is otherwise generally caused by moisture, irritation, and/or bacterial overgrowth. Symptoms and signs of jock itch include Jock itch is most common in older, obese adults and athletes. Jock itch is often seen in otherwise healthy people. Jock itch is easily curable in most cases and frequently resolves on its own without treatment. Jock itch is related to certain anatomical structures peculiar to the male groin. Jock itch is prevented by optimal skin hygiene. What is jock itch? What does jock itch look like? Jock itch is a common, itchy rash of the groin. It can produce a very intense itch and is associated with a red or pink rash involving the groin folds and genitals. Jock itch is primarily a skin condition in men because of anatomic structures unique to males, the male genitalia. The symptoms and signs of jock itch may come and go, and many cases of jock itch resolve spontaneously without any treatment. Jock itch is primarily seen in the groin, although it may spread to the inner thighs, genitals (including penis, scrotum, labia, and vaginal opening), and anus. Jock itch causes a red or pink rash on the sides of the groin folds. There may be a dry, scaly, well-demarcated rash or a collection of small, pinpoint red or pink bumps at each hair follicle. This form of eruption is often called ringworm because of its well-defined red edge with central clearing. The medical term for ringworm of the groin is tinea cruris, and it is caused by a fungal infection. While jock itch is frequently noted in otherwise healthy pe Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes And Skin Health

Type 2 Diabetes And Skin Health

What Is Type 2 Diabetes? Skin problems are often the first visible signs of diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 2 diabetes can make existing skin problems worse, and also cause new ones. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that affects how your body absorbs glucose (sugar). This happens when the body either rejects insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood sugar level. While it’s most common in adults, some children and adolescents can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors include being overweight, having a family history of diabetes, and inactivity. While there is no cure, patients can manage their type 2 diabetes by eating well, exercising, and (in some cases) taking medications recommended by your doctor. Monitoring your blood sugar is also important. Sometimes even maintaining a healthy weight isn’t enough to manage this condition. In some cases, your doctor will determine that medication intervention is needed. Common treatments for type 2 diabetes include: insulin therapy (insulin “shots,” usually reserved for those who don’t do well with oral medications) sulfonylureas (medications that stimulate your pancreas to secrete more insulin) metformin (widely prescribed drug which increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin) DPP-4 inhibitors (medications which reduce blood sugar levels) Causes of Diabetes-Related Skin Problems Long-term type 2 diabetes with hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) tends to reduce blood flow to the skin. It can also cause damage to blood vessels and nerves. Decreased blood circulation can lead to changes in the skin’s collagen. This changes the skin’s texture, appearance, and ability to heal. Damage to the skin cells can Continue reading >>

Diabetes: 12 Warning Signs That Appear On Your Skin

Diabetes: 12 Warning Signs That Appear On Your Skin

Diabetes can affect many parts of your body, including your skin. When diabetes affects the skin, it’s often a sign that your blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high. This could mean that: You have undiagnosed diabetes, or pre-diabetes Your treatment for diabetes needs to be adjusted If you notice any of the following warning signs on your skin, it’s time to talk with your doctor. This skin condition often begins as small raised solid bumps that look like pimples. As it progresses, these bumps turn into patches of swollen and hard skin. The patches can be yellow, reddish, or brown. You may also notice: The surrounding skin has a shiny porcelain-like appearance You can see blood vessels The skin is itchy and painful The skin disease goes through cycles where it is active, inactive, and then active again The medical name for this condition is necrobiosis lipodica (neck-row-by-oh-sis lee-poi-dee-ka). TAKE ACTION Get tested for diabetes if you have not been diagnosed. Work with your doctor to better control your diabetes. See a dermatologist about your skin. Necorbiosis lipodica is harmless, but it can lead to complications. A dark patch (or band) of velvety skin on the back of your neck, armpit, groin, or elsewhere could mean that you have too much insulin in your blood. AN is often a sign of prediabetes. The medical name for this skin condition is acanthosis nigricans (ay-can-THOE-sis NIE-gri-cans). TAKE ACTION: Get tested for diabetes. 3. Hard, thickening skin When this develops on the fingers, toes, or both, the medical name for this condition is digital sclerosis (sclear-row-sis). On the hands, you’ll notice tight, waxy skin on the backs of your hands. The fingers can become stiff and difficult to move. If diabetes has been poorly controlled for years, it can f Continue reading >>

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